Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology

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photo Douglas W. Lienesch, MD

Program Director, UPMC Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program

Rheumatology Division Chief, UPMC Mercy Hospital


Phone: 412-383-8861

Office: 3500 Terrace Street
S700 Biomedical Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-383-8861
Fax: 412-383-8753
Administrative Assistant:
Margie Jones
Phone: 412-383-8861
Education and Training
BS, Villanova University, 1985
MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1989
Residency, University of Virginia School of Medicine, 1992
Fellowship, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2003
Research Interest
Dr. Lienesch supports the clinical research efforts of the University of Pittsburgh Rheumatology through the Vasculitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis Centers.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Lienesch's clinical practice includes all aspects of general rheumatology. He has a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of patients with "Spondyloarthritis" which includes psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, inflammatory joint disease associated with inflammatory bowel disease, and related disorders. He collaborates closely with dermatology, gastroenterology, and ophthalmology specialists involved in the care of these individuals.

He is an active member of the UPMC Rheumatoid Arthritis Center and the UPMC Vasculitis Center, providing clinical care and supporting the clinical research missions of these centers. Additionally, he provides rheumatology consultation for patients with inflammatory diseases receiving care at the UPMC ENT Voice Center, as well as the UPMC Musculoskeletal Health - Total Care Center in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Educational Interest
Education is Dr. Lienesch's primary academic role at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He teaches medical students, physicians-in-training, and practicing physicians in the classroom and in the clinical setting. Dr. Lienesch's patients frequently interact with his students when they see him in office or hospital setting.

He is the Program Director of the UPMC Rheumatology Fellowship Program, responsible for the training of physicians seeking subspecialty training in rheumatology at the University of Pittsburgh.

He is the Chairperson of the University of Pittsburgh's Rheumatology Education Committee and serves as the subspecialty coordinator for internal medicine residents at UPMC Mercy Hospital.
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Selected Publications:
Lienesch, D. W., Mutasim, D. F., Singh, R. R. Neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis mimicking cutaneous vasculitis in a lupus patient: a complication of cyclophosphamide. Lupus. 2003; 12(9): 707-709.
Lienesch, D. W., Sherman, K. E., Metzger, A., Shen, G. Q. Anti-Clq antibodies in patients with chronic hepatitis C infection. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. 2006; 24(2): 183-185.
Saxena,V., Lienesch, D.W., Zhou, M., Bommireddy, R., Azhar, M., Doetschman, T., Sing, R. R. Dual roles of immunoregulatory cytokine TGF-beta in the pathogenesis of autoimmunity-mediated organ damage. Journal of Immunology. 2008; 180(3): 1903-1912.
Tilstra, J. S., Lienesch, D.W. Rheumatoid Nodules. Dermatologic Clinics. 2015; 33(3): 361–371.
Notable Achievements
Sheldon Adler Award for Innovation in Medical Education, 2012
Pennsylvania Rheumatology Society Board of Directors, 2015- present